Kentucky Derby 2024

Saturday, May 4th

Dear Friend of the YMCA,

Whenever our community is faced with a crisis, whenever we see a neighbor who needs support, our Y stands ready to help with open arms and caring hearts. Thanks to generous donors like you, The Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA is doing BIG things in our region- providing safe, nurturing spaces for children to learn, grow, and thrive.

Because we know that you share a passion for this community, we are excited to invite you to this Annual Kentucky Derby event. The 2023 event successfully raised over $100,000 in support of programming and an endowment to further expand these critical services.

Our YMCA has recently increased capacity for feeding programs and much-needed child care services to address some of our biggest challenges. The Kentucky Derby event has been part of the catalyst of growth for the Y, allowing us to:

  • Proudly serve working families at 5 different child care sites in Luzerne County
  • Provide over150,000 healthy meals and snacks to over 950 children and youth in just one year
  • Ensure high quality care, now hosting three Keystone STAR 4 child care branches
  • Continue to expand into new communities as we work collectively to ensure the best services and outreach for our area

Now as we prepare for the 5th Annual Kentucky Derby event, we are looking forward to coming together again to celebrate youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Kindly review the attached event information, online auction and sponsorship opportunities with RSVPs due by April 15th.

Sincerely,
Lissa Bryan-Smith
&
Constance Scott
Kentucky Derby Co-Chairs


Jim Thomas
CEO GWVA YMCA

Enter to Win The Grand Prize!

1 Ticket for $20 or 6 Pack of Tickets for $100. Drawing will be held on May 4, 2024

Prize Includes:

  • 2025 Disney Trip

  • $5,000 Cash Prize

 

Choose among these sponsorship levels that fit your giving goals. At Sponsorship checkout, select the FEE TYPE in the top drop down menu box. Please also email Jamie Dudick with the company name as it should be shown on promotional materials and include a company logo (jpeg or png).

If sending a check, please make payable to:

Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA and mail to:
Jamie Dudick
40 W. Northampton St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

PRESENTING SPONSOR – $20,000 *EXCLUSIVE*

• Identified as the Presenting Sponsor
• Logo/Name on Invitations & Save the Date Cards
• Name/Logo on all media coverage, Times Leader
• Logo/Name on YMCA website and social networks
• Logo/Name prominently displayed on all event signage
• (2) reserved tables at event (16 tickets valued at $2,800)

CHURCHILL DOWNS – Presenting SPONSORS – $15,000

• Identified as a Major Sponsor
• Name/Logo on all media coverage, Times Leader
• Logo/Name on YMCA website and social networks
• Logo/Name prominently displayed on all event signage
• Twelve Tickets (12) to the Derby Event (Value: $2,100)

TRIPLE CROWN SPONSORS – $10,000
• Identified as a Major Sponsor
• Name/Logo on all media coverage, Times Leader
• Logo/Name on YMCA website and social networks
• Logo/Name prominently displayed on all event signage
• Ten Tickets (10) to the Derby Event (Value: $1,750)

PREAKNESS SPONSORS – $7,500
• Identified as a Major Sponsor
• Name/Logo on all media coverage, Times Leader
• Logo/Name on YMCA website and social networks
• Logo/Name prominently displayed on all event signage
• Eight Tickets (8) to the Derby Event (Value: $1,400)
• Pack of Six (6) Raffle Tickets ($100)

GRAND PRIZE SPONSOR $6,500 *EXCLUSIVE* 
• Identified as the Trip Sponsor
• Opportunity to present grand prize at the event
• Logo/Name printed on all raffle tickets
• Name/Logo in all media coverage, Times Leader
• Logo/Name on YMCA website and social networks
• Logo/Name on event signage
• Six Tickets (6) to the Derby Event (Value: $1,050)

BELMONT SPONSORS – $5,000
• Name/Logo on all media coverage, Times Leader
• Logo/Name on YMCA website and social networks
• Logo/Name on event signage
•Reserved seating for 4 (4 tickets valued: $700)
• Pack of Six (6) Raffle Tickets ($100)

BREEDERS CUP SPONSORS – $2,500
• Logo/Name on YMCA website and social networks
• Logo/Name on event signage
• Reserved seating for 2 (2 tickets valued: $350)

WIN/PLACE/SHOW SPONSORS – $1,500
• Logo/Name on YMCA website and social networks
• Logo/Name on event signage
• Reserved seating for 2 (2 tickets valued: $350)

TRIFECTA SPONSORS – $500
• Logo/Name on YMCA website and social networks 
• Reserved seating for 1 (valued: $175)

TABLE SPONSORSHIPS AVALIABLE -$1,750
(1) Reserved table to event (8 tickets valued: $1,400)

1 TICKET TO THE EVENT: $175 

Participate in Our Silent Auction, May 1st-4th

We are currently accepting donations for our online silent auction. Please complete the following by April 15th to ensure inclusion. 
Live auction will open on May 1st at 12p and close at May 4th at 10a.

To make a silent auction donation:

  1. Email an image of your item to: Jennifer Brennan and download the sponsorship package to complete the donation form: FORM
  2. Schedule drop off time with Jennifer Brennan @: 570-970-5041

2024 Derby Committee


Lissa Bryan-Smith, Co-Chair
Constance Scott, Co-Chair

Jennifer Brennan
Kate Churnetski
Emily Courtois
Derek Cronauer
Amy Dewey
Janelle Drach
Jamie Dudick
Lindsay Griffin-Boylan
Megan Kennedy


Lindsay Landis
Ryan McKean
Catherine Mihalick
Doug Miller
Kerry Miscavage
Rachel Olszewski-Conrad
Darcie Schaffer
John Shaskas
Jim Thomas
Katrina Wallace